April 2, 1997 |
Lilliam Portillo came to America in 1985, when she was just 17 and both her Nicaraguan homeland and her future were clouded with gun smoke. The Sandinista government was embroiled in a bloody civil war with the U.S.-backed Contras, and much of Central America was in turmoil. Along with tens of thousands of her compatriots, Portillo was welcomed as a refugee by the Ronald Reagan administration, and she settled into Miami's thriving Nicaraguan community.
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June 16, 2012 |
For Julio Salgado and many others, the limbo of being an illegal immigrant - the fear of deportation, the hiding in plain sight, the uncertainties of the underground economy - appeared to vanish abruptly Friday. "We can exist now in the eyes of the country," said Salgado, 28, a Berkeley artist who got a degree from Cal State Long Beach two years ago but said his status as an undocumented immigrant has forced him to scrape together off-the-books jobs as an illustrator and fast-food worker.
January 14, 1997 |
A Los Angeles federal judge handed the Justice Department another major setback Monday in its decade-long campaign to deport a group of Southern California immigrants, who the government says have ties to Palestinian terrorists. U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson rejected the Justice Department's contention that he should dismiss a major civil rights case filed by the immigrants, seven Palestinians and a Kenyan known as "the L.A. 8."
November 20, 2010
The recent apology by SNCF, the French national railway, for transporting 76,000 Jews to Germany, where they were sent on to the Nazi death camps, doesn't save any lives or compensate any survivors. What's more, it comes about 65 years late, at a time when most of those with firsthand memories of the Holocaust have died. Particularly distressing is the fact that the apology was apparently not prompted by regret. Rather, it seems to have been spurred by the company's desire to win multibillion-dollar high-speed rail contracts in California and Florida, contracts that were in jeopardy because of stiff resistance from survivors of the deportations and the families of those who died.
September 24, 1990 |
Israeli Agriculture Minister Rafael Eitan politician called for severe punishment, including widespread house demolitions and deportations, for residents of Bureij refugee camp in the occupied Gaza Strip, where Palestinians killed an Israeli reserve soldier. Bureij has been under curfew since the Thursday incident.
October 15, 2008 |
The U.S. government pledged to give El Salvador $2.6 million to fight gangs. The money will be used over the next year to help authorities investigate violent gangs, contain their recruiting and improve the country's prison system. Central American immigrants living in the U.S. in the 1980s started the Mara gangs, which spread to Central America in the 1990s as the U.S. began massive deportations of convicted criminals.
August 1, 2013 |
President Obama is tantalizingly close to passing comprehensive immigration reform, a legacy achievement. The Senate has provided a bipartisan bill, and the House is working on reform. The key issues are border security and a legal pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million who are here illegally. The political reasons for the House to negotiate a deal are many. A recent Gallup poll showed that 87% of Americans support comprehensive reform that includes a pathway to citizenship.
February 7, 1985 |
The first planeload of Cubans to be deported will include many of the 99 patients housed at a mental hospital in Washington, D.C., an immigration official said Wednesday. Louis Richard, district director of the Immigration and Naturalization Service in Atlanta, said that the second planeload probably will include some of the 1,487 refugees detained at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary. "The first group will be from St. Elizabeths," Richard said.